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7 Things To Do In York

7 Things To Do In York

I’m like a moth to a flame with historical towns, so when Travelodge said how do you feel about a weekend away in York I jumped at the chance, especially as I can’t remember when the last time was when I wandered through the city, it must be at least 15 years ago. 

York is a beautiful city, I love its mix of culture, shopping and restaurants, it really is a great place for a mini break – whether you are after romantic, or a few days away with friends and family, there is so much to keep you entertained. With that in mind, I’ve decided to share my seven things to do in York – perfect for a weekend away. things-to-do-in-york-28

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Recipe: Winter Warmer – Chunky Minestrone Soup

Recipe: Winter Warmer – Chunky Minestrone Soup

When it is cold, miserable and generally gloomy outside I kind of retreat into a little ball, well not quite but I do have a need for home comforts, warm blankets and more cups of tea than an average human should consumer to get through the day. Another winter warmer of mine is to cook up a big bowl of chunky minestrone soup from a recipe that I used to make with my mum.

I promise it is easy to cook, healthy and above of tasty – if this doesn’t help keep the winter blues away I don’t know what will!!!

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Store Loving: Inside Osprey London’s Regent Street Flagship

Store Loving: Inside Osprey London’s Regent Street Flagship

There is something special about Osprey London, not only because it makes great handbags that I adore, or the fact that it really does champion British manufacturing and design, but because it is very much a family run business with founder and creative director Graeme Ellisdon at the helm, his wife Alex curating the amazing jewellery collections, and even his son Jack is on hand in the store’s Saddlery Cafe.

Much like the brand’s St Alban’s store, the Regent Street store utilises the amazing Grade II listed building, which was once a Barclay’s bank, to showcase the eclectic mix of leather accessories, jewellery, interior pieces, even knitted toys and food. Everything about the store interior is divine – from the solid oak doors at the entrance to the exquisite chandeliers and the stainless steel staircase and that’s without talking about the brand’s diverse selection of interior pieces such as gorgeous arm chairs, antique picture frames and a fun choice of cushions.

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Inside The Cath Kidston House

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If Cath Kidston sold houses I think it would pretty much look like this, with walls of course, decorated out with just the right mix of florals, birds, mushrooms, penguins and polka dot prints.

I love it when brands make their press days more of a presentation, something to grab my attention, something to get me excited, and this make-shift house set in the middle of central London certainly did that, the only thing that was missing was the fictional Cath Kidston family!!!

Known for its quirky English sensibility, there is something about Cath Kidston that makes it universally liked, I think practically everyone has something from the shop – whether it is a floral bone china tea cup, a dotty handbag, a strawberry cover iPhone case, or even a cowboy mug. For me Cath Kidston is the ultimately gift shop, you can always pick up something cute and memorable for a friend or family member.

What do you think – would you like to move into a Cath Kidston clad house?

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For more pictures inside the Cath Kidston house head on over to my Facebook page.
[Pics: all taken by me, Fashionista Barbie]