Stratford Upon Avon Food Festival 2016

This weekend my hometown of Stratford Upon Avon hosted their very own food festival in the town centre having attended last year I was very eager to try the food and ciders on offer and find that it was bigger and better than last year. The food event included chef demonstrations with celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli leading, cookery workshops, local produce, live music, food trails and lots of businesses based in and around Stratford Upon Avon selling their quality food and drink products. Greek, Italian, Spanish plenty to tantalise your taste buds!

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Although a three day event I only attended Saturday and the sun was shining bringing LOTS of people and their cute doggies into Stratford. Starting at Henley street near Shakespeare's house me and the boyfriend came across the BBQ Train (literally) selling my boyfriends favourite food - MEAT! He treated himself to some delicious ribs in BBQ sauce.




Further down there was another meat stall called Wild Game Meat who also have a website selling different types of sausages, hams and salami and if you're a fan of Spanish paella there were plenty of stalls to choose from too!




The stall that impressed us the most was a lady selling GLUTEN FREE cheesecake something me and the boyfriend have never seen in Stratford before with him being coeliac. I though the name of the company was amazing too "When its scone its gone" and I hope to see more gluten free stalls next year. We had a massive slice of blueberry, casiss and elderflower to share for a reasonable £4 I can't put into words how delicious it was.



Afterwards we wondered towards the river me being distracted by the massive pimms teapot and the cider bar but also more FOOD! Including barry the butcher who makes the best hot dogs in town and one of my favourite restaurants carluccios with all the mushrooms you could think of plus italian pasta, focaccia and arancini balls.






Did you attend the food festival? Let me know in the comments.

Liz x

Autumn Trends on a Budget

Autumn is my favourite fashion season but when buying autumn clothes I like to shop on a budget and wait for the sales so I thought I would share my top picks with you guys. There is nothing more annoying then paying full price for something then 2 weeks later it's half that price!

For Autumn there are some key trends that stick out including velvet which I have a love hate relationship with I love the way it looks but hate the way it feels! Anyway velvet was seen all over the streets of London fashion week and was in trend last year if I remember right so if you have velvet clothes in your wardrobe right now get wearing!

Suede is another fashion trend that seems to always come back in the Autumn and I love it! Whether it be a western jacket or suede boots there is so much choice online at the moment.

Bomber jackets are an eighties staple that can be worn casual in the day with jeans or glam up your bomber jacket for the evening with wide leg trousers and heeled boots. I particularly love the floral patterns.

Add a little fun and drama into everyday dressing with pretty ruffles and frills tucked in skirts or with jeans. This was also a big trend for Summer and seen at New York Fashion Week. 


These are my top picks from the high street for Autumn

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90s Dungarees

I remember when I was a kid and my mom used to dress me in dungarees and never would I have thought nearly 20 years later I would be wearing them again... 

This 90s trend has been seen on the likes of Alexa Chung and Gigi Hadid these are fast becoming the go to trend for Autumn and I can see why they have a boyish comfy fit and look really cool! 

The key to pulling them off is picking the right fit for your body shape obviously being under 5ft2 myself I have to shop petite lengths in denim because otherwise they would be miles to long for me. Another style tip is choosing the right top to wear underneath as you don't want to blend in with the colour of your dungarees.

Some people go for the stipey tee underneath or one side of the dungarees hanging over for a more distressed look and if you want to show off your killer heels then go for cropped dungarees. For AW16 it's on trend to wear a long sleeved roll neck underneath - mustard is my favourite colour!

For this particular weekend outfit I styled my new Dorothy Perkins petite denim dungarees which I bought for the bargain price of £10 in the sale (now sold out similar here) with a powder pink off the shoulder tee £7.99 from H&M. My wardrobe is bursting with off the shoulder tops another huge trend for 2016.










I accessorised my denim dungarees with a hair bow from New Look and floral ankle flats from La Redoute.

These photos were taken by my photography friend Hannah check out her Facebook page here

Do you love the 90s dungarees trend?

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The Pashley Picnic 2016

If you were in Stratford Upon Avon over the weekend you may have noticed over 100 cyclists riding on Pashley bikes and dressed in vintage attire including me! This cycling event happens every year in Stratford (see my post from last year here) but with a different route, this year was extra special because it was their 90th Birthday!

Pashley owners and their plus ones were invited for a 2 day spectacular with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing by the Handlebars on the Saturday evening and then on the Sunday everyone was rearing to go for the 10 mile bike ride with two stops at Shakespeare's house and at the pub in Welford then a picnic back by the river avon.




On the clothing side Pashley riders did not disappoint there were men in British flag suits and plus fours and ladies in 1950's dresses and florals. I myself love getting dressed up and opted for a spotty 1920's style shirt dress from blue vanilla (£16), frilly socks (£3) and bow headband (£3) from New Look and ankle boots from Daisy Street. Plus not forgetting my pink poppy bike I borrowed for the day with its wicker basket and bell.







After the bike ride everyone gathered in the marquee by the river for food by Higgidy, champagne,pass the parcel and musical entertainment. The atmosphere was amazing everyone enjoying themselves even the cute dogs!




Thankyou to Pashley for inviting me along and if you own a Pashley bike and would love to attend next year keep an eye out on the Pashley website it's a lovely day with lovely people.

What did you get up to the weekend?

Liz x

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