five things to do this weekend #28

[Source - Michal Kibicek]

On Friday evening, one of my favourite Hampshire shops, TheConsortium, is throwing a house warming party at their Winchester store. Head on over between 6pm-10pm, and shop until you drop, wonder at the amazing building, meet some unique makers, and take part in some craft workshops. AND everyone through the door will be entered into a prize draw to win some great prizes.

On Saturday, Southampton Common is the place to be, at the Let’s Rock concert. Relive some 80s nostalgia, with acts such as Bananarama, Billy Ocean, Heaven 17 and many, many more taking to the stage. Tickets are still available. 

If you fancy a more low key Saturday evening, Sir Harold Hiller Gardens is hosting The Great Revue. You’ll be served a picnic on the lawn at Jermyn’s House, while listening to the music of Gilbert and Sullivan. Sounds like a very refined summers evening! 

Hill Farm is hosting an open day as part of the Hampshire Food Festival on Sunday. Pop along from 10am-4pm for this great family day out…take a look around the farm, grab a cup of tea and cake, browse some local craft stalls, and take a picnic in the orchards. It looks like a great family day out, and entry is free! 

The White Horse in Otterbourne is hosting their annualSummer Fete on Sunday. With children’s activities, a hog roast, Pimms bar, and live music it’s a great place to while away a Sunday afternoon! They’re also hosting Ottebourne’s Great British Bake Off – so expect to see some masterpieces!! 

five things to do this weekend #27


Gosh, has it really been January since my last one of these! Blimey! But it’s another weekend, it’s the start of July, and the sun will hopefully have his hat on for us. Hampshire does summer events really well, and there are some brilliant things on this weekend. Hope you have a fun one!

Winchester Hat Fair is taking place from Friday – Sunday. This celebration of street arts is a complete treat, and sees the places and spaces in Winchester transformed into mini theatre spaces, musical performance spaces, and brings an all-round fabulous atmosphere to the town. It’s the 40th anniversary this year, so there are bound to be plenty of celebrations afoot.

I’ll admit to not knowing a lot about Blissfields Festival, but reading their website tells me they are right up my street. A local festival, which promises to be a world away from the big commercial festivals, with local music, good food, and boutique camping. I’m pretty sure you can even get cold beer there!

Grange Park Opera has kicked off another season, and is a summer must do in Hampshire. Queen of Spades starts this weekend, and is the perfect choice for those a bit nervous about opera (myself included)

Enjoy a day out in the country, and visit the Lavender Fields Open Day, nr Alton. It’s a truly stunning sight, and you can combine your trip with a cream tea.

Each summer, Southsea Bandstand hosts live music, and this Saturday, head to the Summer Ska Picnic they are hosting. The picnic took a break last year, but is back, and promises to be one of the summers highlights.

social media shutdown

Working in digital marketing for a “real job”, and having numerous social media accounts, and email accounts for Bridal Boot Sale and our recently launched events company What Peggy Did Next means that I am pretty much “always on”. Even if I’m watching TV, or at work, or shopping, I’m constantly checking my emails or my social feeds. I think I’m going to miss something, or there is an email that I just need to read immediately. I’m sure so many of you feel this way. Most people I know are addicted to their smart phones. This video (which ironically I found on Facebook!) really hits home how many of us behave.

So I’m attempting to do a bit of a detox. I’m taking small steps, as the nature of my work means I do have to check in quite often. But as of 8pm, I turn my phone off and my laptop, and don’t check it again until the morning. And guess what…there has been nothing that couldn’t wait until the morning. In fact I think it’s kind of making me happier. I can enjoy “real” time with my husband and our loved ones. Not seeing so many moans and groans on Facebook is actually quite refreshing.

I know 8pm is quite late in the day, but small steps, and I’m thinking about extending it!

Have you ever tried a digital detox? How did it go?

Karen xx

a little secret...


I'm having a baby!

I'm already well into my third trimester, and if you've met me in person recently, you’ll know I can no longer hide my every growing bump.

The baby is due at the end of summer, and both me and my husband couldn't be more excited to meet our new arrival. We're currently head first in prepping for the baby's arrival, buying up what seems like an endless list of essentials, and decorating the nursery (so long dressing room...!)

While I don't intend to start making this a "mummy blog" as my life changes, I'm pretty sure the places I visit will too, so you may see some baby stuff creeping in every now and again.

Karen xx

five things to do this weekend #26

It's the weekend again. I hope this week hasn't been too bad? The first full week after Christmas holidays always seems a bit of a you should definitely make the weekend a whole load more fun!

There is another fantastic exhibition at Portsmouth Guildhall, The Glory Years of British Rock. See over 200 images taken by Harry Goodwin, whp was resident photographer on Top of the Pops from 1964 to 1973. With musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, and Paul McCartney featuring, this is going to be an awesome exhibition, and not to be missed!!

Winchester Farmers Market is in town this weekend. Stop by for some amazing produce, yummy eats, and the freshest goods you’ll find this weekend.

Head to Pitfield Pop Up in The Brooks before it’s gone for good.

Quite frankly, with all this terrible weather, all I want to spend an afternoon doing is sitting down with a cup of tea and cake. Pay a trip to one of these five places.

Head to the cinema. There are SO many good films out at the minute. American Hustle. The Long Walk to Freedom. The list goes on. Make a date this weekend and go and see one of them so you firmly have a favourite before awards season is here.

a celebration i can totally support


Now this is something I could totally get on board with! Today is apparently Bubble Bath Day. I’m not sure who comes up with stuff like this, but quite frankly, with all this terrible weather of late, I can’t think of anything more exciting! So please do celebrate this important day!!

mulberry s/s 2014 campaign

Happy Monday!!

It's back to work for a lot of people today, and in a sharp contrast to that, and all of the terrible rain we're being battered with, here are some beautiful pictures from Mulberry to brighten the day.

I absolutely adore this shoot.Tea time, animals, and some of Mulberry's most covetable pieces from their Spring Summer 2014 collection. It's pretty much my perfect afternoon.

So instead of thinking about all of this rain and Monday business, let us all transport our minds to Spring... Let's get dreaming!!

Karen xx