Monday, 1 September 2014

A Dylan Update.

It's been a while since I did a post about Dylan, so I thought I'd treat you all to one. Also I've managed to get some pretty cute photos of him lately, which naturally means I need to show you all. He's just so insanely photogenic it's not even funny. We've been quite busy over the summer and he's been thoroughly spoilt with long walks, trips up to London, picnics, and swimming in the ocean. We even made daisy-chains one afternoon (well, I did, his paws are a bit too clumsy, but he modelled the finished result).

I still have yet to take him all the way into London, he got as far as Parson's Green, but I will take him up one Sunday in the car soon, and we'll run around Hyde Park chasing all the ducks and geese, before heading to one of the dog friendly cafes or restaurants in central. It's also been a good year for Dylan health-wise (*touch wood*), usually he gets something wrong with him, whether it's a sprained ankle from running too wildly, or seeds stuck in his paw and giving him a rather sore infection. We have our pet insurance with Argos, and I can't tell you what a relief it is to know that everything is covered whenever he gets poorly.

So anyway, without further ado, here are some of my favourite photos of him from the past few months!

Now, I know he looks a bit like a girl in this photo, but doesn't he look pretty!? I love his soft gingery blonde hair on the top of his head. It's so fluffy and strokeable. 

 ^Dylan in the car on our way down to the coast. He's so nosy. He pokes his head round to check up on you and make sure you're still there.

When we got to the beach he headed straight for the water and got dumped by a massive wave. Silly thing!

^Those eyes. Proper puppy dog eyes! Also yes, he has a leopard print bed. It's his travel one. We went into the pet shop and he went straight over to it and made himself comfy, so obviously we had to get it for him.

Dylan loves a picnic. A few weeks after our big group one in Parsons Green, we went for one up at Newlands Corner with my old work friends. He was thoroughly spoiled and made himself comfortable in the middle of the picnic rug, pushing Shev off onto the grass ^ 

I love the photo below so much, he looks like such a derp.

Then there was the day I walked into the living room to see Dylan sprawled on his back having a nap. WTF! His bed is right by the sofa, why didn't he just sleep in that?! I walked up to him and he looked at me with this sleepy face... 

 Dylan's also the perfect selfie companion - he's quite the expert! 

Do you have any pets? If you do tweet me a photo, I'd love to see them!

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*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however we do actually have our pet insurance with Argos, and have done since Dylan was a puppy, so can confirm that they are excellent.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Next Christmas Collection 2014.

Last week I went along to the Next Christmas press day at the Ham Yard Hotel. The hotel was the perfect setting, it's so beautiful and chic, and the lovely ladies from Next's PR team were very welcoming. We had glasses of champagne, afternoon tea, gorgeous pistachio and blackberry cupcakes, and delicious gingerbread cookies in the shapes of stars. And then there were the clothes. Beautiful faux fur jackets, delicate lace underwear, and glitter. Glitter everywhere. On shoes, on bags, on dresses and pieces of jewellery. It was a magical concoction of pretty sparkly things perfect for the holiday season.

I fell in love with quite a few pieces. The shoes were just divine, and the dresses were achingly beautiful.

The event was so lovely, and it was great to see the collection before it hits the shops - I've already chosen a number of pieces to add to my splurge list! Everything was just so pretty and Christmassy, and I'm getting really excited for the holiday season now! 

What are you most excited about when it comes to the Christmas season?

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

AW14 Preparations with Barbour.

With this cold weather raining on our summer parade like a jealous frenemy, and September looming before us, I'm actually quite excited for winter this year. Usually I despise it, I dread the cooler days and having to get my jeans back out, I'm definitely a summer lover. I'm not sure why I'm looking forward to it this year, I think it has something to do with the fact I've pretty much had a continuous summer this year what with my holidays to Australia and Cuba earlier on in the year.

As the temperature has dipped below 20 Degrees Celsius I've actually found myself donning jumper and jeans already, it seems I've acclimatized myself to the warmer temperatures we've been having, and now as soon as there's a slight chill in the air I really feel it. I'm a huge fan of Barbour (you can see my previous post on when I went to the Flagship Store Opening), and I refuse to wear anything but my Barbour wax jacket when out on country walks during the autumn and winter, so when Barbour sent me a gorgeous new winter jumper, I was ecstatic. 

Over the bank holiday weekend my parents were away at an Indian wedding (I'm so jealous, Sid and Sadat, please can one of you get married ASAP!), so I was on 'Dylan Duty'. On Saturday we had a lazy day watching movies together, before I had my annual winter hair cut (yes, annual, how else do you think I grow my luscious long locks ready for every spring/summer?!) and then as soon as I got home I took Dyls for a walk up on the downs as the sun was setting. The weather was so gorgeous, and we sat on the north downs in the middle of the field watching the sun set before playing 'where's Dylan' - his favourite game.

The game consists of me turning my back on him and going 'where's Dylan?!' while looking all over for him, he hides in the long grass, and then he barks at me to let me know where he is. I then run over to him while he cutely buries his head in the grass trying to hide, and then we have a game of chase, before it starts all over again.

This time of year is really the only time we can play it, as the grass is the optimum 'Where's Dylan' length - and because of his colouring he blends right in with it! It is quite fun playing it in the snow though - oh gosh, please let there be decent snow this year, there was none last year and it made me quite annoyed.

The Barbour Evenwood Sweater is really warm and thick, a beautiful red colour that'll brighten up any winter outfit. I have a tendency to wear a lot of black in winter, so I'm trying to be more adventurous and wear more colour. The sweater comes up quite large, which I love because I hate tight jumpers, baggy ones all the way please! I love nothing more than rugging up in an oversized jumper to keep me warm.

*sigh* just look at that view behind me. I do love living here. It's so wonderful and peaceful after long weeks working in central London. It's such a lovely escape to just come home to every evening. And it's beautiful every season, in summer it's all pretty and feels quite nostalgic somehow, and in the winter it looks gorgeous and very romantic all covered in dew or snow.

Are you looking forward to winter?

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Summer Pool Party.

I've been insanely busy the past coupla weeks making the most of the last few weeks of summer, so please excuse the lack of blogging. However imma make it up to you now with an insane party that went down this weekend. You may remember how I blogged about New Years Eve when I managed to persuade Peter to hold an epic pool party, but I missed most of it due to too much alcohol (yep, I'm not proud), so this weekend was the summer party, and I remember all of it. Win.

Imagine this; indoor heated pool, awesome people, rockin' DJ, good tunes, good BBQ, and a lot of alcohol. Yep, it was a lot of fun. 

I got there early to help the boys set up and drive them to the supermarket. We went 'round throwing burgers, sausages, baps, and alcohol into the trolley, and then went back to the house and stocked up the fridges in the pool house; one fridge full of beer and cider, one fridge full of food, and the side covered in liqueur. It was nowhere near enough for the 70+ people who turned up, but luckily everyone else bought drinks with them as well.

We cracked open the classy rosé while everyone else started to arrive, and then James fired up the BBQ to give me food pre-drinking, as in his own words "Lux, this time you're eating, I DO NOT want a repeat of last time. I'm not looking after you again, because it's shit" :/ woops. So while James cooked up the huge BBQ, Peter got in the way of our girlie photo...

I'm afraid you'll have to put up with phone photos, as there was no way my camera was going anywhere near the pool. Luckily my phone is waterproof, so it was the perfect companion for jumping in the pool with...along with Dan who held my hand while I shrieked.

I was already soaking wet from James and Oscar sitting on me as soon as they got out of the pool, so I thought, why not? May as well jump in fully-clothed as well! 

After splashing about in the pool for a bit, more people arrived and the party really got started, so it was time to start on the vodka and coke and make the most of the awesome DJ!

My dress is an old H&M one, flip flops are Havaianas, and my hat is from California Crown. Red cup from SOLO. American style. 

The awesome thing about Peter's parties are the people. There's such a huge mix of people and you always meet new friends. He has a lot of hip-hop dancer friends, so some dance battles went down and then the Electric Slide happened...

After some more dancing and then a serious limbo competition, everyone was back in the pool as the night started to wind down. The last stragglers left around 4am, when the party started at 4pm...that's a 12 hour party, people! It was epic. I'll leave you with the rest of the photos...

James definitely ruined this photo.

The ultimate-party-host-limbo-king-dancing-queen himself!

Thanks for an awesome day/night Peter and James!

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