What I Wore || Polka dots and daisies

Sometimes you have them pictures where you just think you look great. The one above is one of those pictures for me. Sometimes I surprise myself. Sometimes even, I’m a little photogenic. This outfit is from our trip to Ieper. I really love this dress, even if I had to get a size up after getting stuck in the first one I bought. Stuck as in ‘Kris can you help me out of the dress before I go all incredible hulk and rip my way out…’

It’s a great dress though, I’ve worn it at least four times since I got it in January. I wore it on my first official data presentation for work because it makes my boobs look amazing and I needed a little boob confidence that day. I wore it on a night out where I got proposed to on the dance floor, not by Kris. Told you it was great!  First time wearing these swallow tights. Got a hole in them. I don’t wanna talk about it.

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There would have been more photos if we weren’t running around the area high off the sunshine. 

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Photo An Hour || A Day in my Life (15.03.14)

The other day I was talking to someone on twitter and I was making a point of how I wanted my blog to resemble a real life lifestyle blog. I love to read lifestyle blogs, as well as others, but what I really like about lifestyle blogs is their ‘real-life’ feel. Completely satisfies my inner stalker without having to go out into the cold.

So, to honour my bold statement of becoming a real-lifestyle blog. Or shall I say a real-life style? Where do you even put hyphens and spaces when you make up words… Screw it! I’m just going to call myself a ‘real life and style blog’, they makes me sound a bit more hipster. Never mind about grammar.

So to honour my bold statement I decided to do another photo an hour of my actual life, just a routine day for us. Routine as in we actually got dressed, left the house and didn’t eat noodles for dinner. Think of it as an upmarket routine day.

10AM:

Queuing on Ticketmaster for our tickets to Pinkpop 2014. We did not know this would happen, if we did we would have got on the website more than 10 minutes before the tickets went on sale.

photo an hour

11AM:

One hour later and we have our tickets. Well, we have a ticket, for the Monday not the weekend life we wanted. Oh, well, still excited for our first festival.

photo an hour

12PM:

Quick trip to work where hedgehog socks make everything better.

photo an hour

1PM:

A quick work selfie. Shh, no lab coats in the office…

photo an hour

2PM:
Waiting for the bus home, every day of my life

photo an hour

3PM:

Cuppa soup from the sweet chilli chicken box, was clearly vegetable. Obviously there was some combining of packets at some point.

photo an hour

4PM:

PB&J toast and the Lorde album for a little afternoon blogging.

photo an hour

5PM:

Still working my way through Lord Of The Rings, slowly but surely.

photo an hour

6PM:

Little blogging break to paint my nails individual colours, because that’s how I roll.

photo an hour

7PM:

Still waiting for the dinner to defrost. Still haven’t worked out how to share one potato between us.

photo an hour

8PM:
Every good dinner involves chocolate milk. Kris got the burgers and a potato, I got a left over baguette from Friday.

photo an hour

And that ends an average day in our life. What does your average day look like?

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Belgium || Ieper In Photos

Another month, another day trip. Always, the question is ‘where shall we go this month?’ but I bought the Rough Guide for Belgium and Luxembourg in February to help us. So naturally, the only way to use the guide-book is by picking a number between X and Y and turning to that page and going to that place.

Due to complications (read: I didn’t read the guide-book properly so whilst checking the train times the night before we discovered the bus to Damme from Brugge doesn’t run outside of summer. It was warm but summer is a little optimistic) we had to change our destination from Damme to Ieper.

Two hours later, we’d re-planned our whole day, deciphered the not so direct train and crawled into bed under the premise that the weekend was meant to be nice. Which it was, so I’m not complaining there.

Ieper is a small town in the Flemish region, once known as Ypres at the time of WWI. The town played a huge role in the cloth trade during medieval times but this ended in the 1300’s after the town was ruined in battle. Once a town of 200,000 inhabitants this shrunk to 5,000 by the 16th century.

During WWI, Ieper was the Allied communications centre and sat conveniently in reach of the German artillery. By 1915 the entire town was destroyed and evacuated by the inhabitants. Remarkably, after the war the inhabitants returned to begin the rebuilding of their town, taking around twenty years to complete. Even though the most notable medieval buildings were reconstructed, it has been over 80 years and it’s not possible to tell that they are not the originals.

For our trip we stayed to the town. Outside of the town is the Ypres Salient, which would have been fascinating to visit, with over 160 Commonwealth cemeteries. Created by accident in WWI as the Germans aimed to invade France. The history of the Salient is quite fascinating resulting in the loses of thousands of lives, but I will leave that for another post, I think a summer cycling trip is in order.

On to the pictures!

The first exciting event of the day was finding our first Geocaching site, by accident, at this concrete turret!

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

Second exciting thing to happen: World creepiest dead fish*

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

The Ramparts Cemetery is situated on the Kasteelgracht, which is almost a moat around the town. It’s quite surreal but I imagine the serenity is nothing compared to Tyne Cot cemetery with over 10,000 graves.

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

It’s common for the headstones to detail the individual’s name, rank, age, date of death, national emblem and military badge.

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

After you have followed the Kasteelgracht round you eventually come to the Menin Gate. It displays 50,000 names of soldiers that died in the Ypres Salient that are without a grave. In its self it’s quite powerful to see so many names. Kris and I did spend sometime trying to find our own surnames, he found his, once. I never found mine.

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog menin gate

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog menin gate

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

The Lakenhall and the cathedral were two of the buildings that were completely rebuilt. They’re pretty big and I can’t actually believe the rebuilt it. I wonder how they did it, they must have had pictures or blueprints to go off.

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

Ieper Belgium lifestyle travel blog

A couples windy couple photo to end with! How short am I?!

*This is not what fish looked like when I was young…

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