style | on yer bike, then

i woke up last sunday to gorgeous, warm sun streaming into my room. carmen and i had plans for lunch to celebrate her birthday, and to really push the boat out, i decided to wear a version of what i wore the weekend before. because i'm lazy, and i really like this skirt, ok? it's a great length for the sunnier days, but thick enough that when the wind blows, i don't have to be too concerned about my dignity. i mean, i worry about that enough, it's nice to not have to fly about and dive to stop my skirt flapping about my ears.

by the time came to actually leave the house though, i was concerned i'd underestimated the grey clouds. the weather report suggested a lot of rain in the afternoon, but i was happy to chance it; sandals were happening. there are only a few weeks a year you get the chance to whip them out, so a little rain after a super sunny day is sometimes par for the course. 

did make the smart decision to take a jacket though, because this adorable print singlet just wasn't cutting the mustard as far as warmth was concerned. i nabbed this for a couple of dollars when i was last in australia, and like, have never worn it. that was three years ago.. maybe more. i'm definitely going to pop it into rotation now though, it's the cutest!

top : big w | skirt c/o george at asda | sandals c/o yumi | jacket : miss selfridge (all old)

pretty similar story with the jacket, to be fair. nabbed this in the mid-year sales back in 2012 when mama was here the first time around, and i hardly ever wear it. it's super cropped and a bit of an odd size; it's an 8 but it's super baggy, so i wonder if it was meant to be oversized and i just never figured that out.. the faint pink rose print in the denim and now that i've gone super pink again, it's the perfect jacket for me.

that's another new-old favourite for the impending summer; thanks past-me!

travel | farewell to north wales

typically, on our last day in anglesey, we woke up to exceptional weather. we had to have the car back to the depot by 10:30 but out train wasn't until nearly one, so we had some time to kill in holyhead. we dumped our bags at left luggage for a couple of quid, then headed out into the brilliant day to see what we could see in our final few hours. i don't think either of us had slept well the night before, so coffee was certainly on our minds. sadly, as it was a bank holiday monday, i don't think it was on anyone else's...

we walked up to skinner's monument which we could see from the train station, and which overlooked the harbour where an enourmous cruiseliner had come in and parked overnight (we soon saw a few of its inhabitants as we wandered the deserted bank-holiday streets - seemed they were as desperate for coffee as we were!). there was also a little yappy dog trying to scare us away from his yard, but we were more interested in stopping and chatting with him than with getting lost...

we walked into the village from there, hopeful there would be a costa or something like that open and willing to serve us caffeine intravenously. sadly, no luck. we found a small, kitschy cafe (think like b&m cath kidston kitsch, not hipster kitsch) that stank of burnt chip oil the minute we walked in, but we must have looked so out of place that it was almost like walking into a saloon in a country and western film that we felt like we ought to order something. well, one sip of that coffee proved the milk and the beans were as burnt as that chip oil, so we quickly grabbed our stuff and left soon after.

i tell you what: if there's anyone looking for a quick franchise opportunity in holyhead, think about coffee. what i wouldn't have given for a cheap, high street coffee that day...

we had a wander through the gothic ruins at st. cybi church and up and down the quiet streets before tackling a bank-holiday monday line at the co-op for train snacks, and making our way on board. it was a muuuuuch longer journey back than the way up, and we even had to stop in chester for a good twenty minutes, where - wouldn't you know it - we fiiiinally managed to nab ourselves some decent coffee on the platform. thank god for english coffee (said no-one ever)!

all in all though, it was such a busy and epic weekend discovering a part of the uk that i'd never been to before, and literally fulfilling my lifetime's castle quota. i bloody loved north wales, and while i don't expect i'll "pop back" any time soon, i'll certainly be raving about it for a good time to come.

wishlist | festival funness

yes, everything here is from, but i swear, this post isn't sponsored; i just literally found myself clipping so many things from there over the weekend when i was trying to figure out what the hell to wear to slam dunk this weekend. i'd almost forgotten i was going - well, that it was this weekend at least, and... i have no idea what to wear! thankfully it is festival season, so it didn't take too long to work out what i have that's acceptable for a not-your-average festival, and what i still need.

like, after reading the one thing i learned is: comfy shoes and backpacks are necessary. trainers are king this year, and i don't care how uncool that is! out hotel in birmingam is not far from the nec - where the festival is, but i don't want to be coming-and-going because my feet are sore, or i need a jacket, so, i'm preparing in advance and staying comfy from the start.

the other thing i know to be true: light layers. this time around the festival is indoors; i remembered that after i had clipped the rain mac. still, it might still rain in birmingham, and we're there for a few days, so it could still come in super handy. if not this weekend, then any other weekend for the rest of my life, because: london. i went to buy that floral bomber and realised it had sold out. i bought a different one though, so it's ok. and although i have a similar black pinny, i bought another one anyway. just in case. because: options.

what are your festival must-dos? help a sister out!

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