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Cardigan — Marks and Spencers Embroiled Top — Marks and Spencers

One of the many things I love about living in the North East (along with our crazy low property prices) is that we’re never too far away from an old manor, castle or national park. Yesterday we decided to visit Gibside Hall, a beautifully restored 18th century house and chapel surrounded by exquisite landscaped gardens. If you are ever in the area then visiting is a must. Armed with the kids, the family and a huge picnic, it was the perfect setting for our Sunday afternoon trip out and some obligatory blog shots. Stripes Lingerie

Our original plan was to have a leisurely walk around the gardens, but that changed once the picnic box was opened and our bums plonked on the picnic blanket. Our day soon became all about food and teaching the younger girls in the family how to do the essentials — hand stands, crabs and cartwheels. Penny, on the other hand, made the most of the never-ending gardens to roam about, roll around and, once again, pounce with puckered lips at any unexpecting dog that comes her way. Our well earned badges of protruding tummies and grass stained clothes were signs of a good day.

There’s been a rumour floating around up here in the North that a heatwave will be hitting our shores this week. To make sure I was wardrobe ready for said ‘heatwave’, I headed straight to Zara to stock up on some over-sized, light weight tops — something that my drab, wintery wardrobe was seriously lacking (cue the rain to now start and not stop for the rest of the summer). Luckily, yesterday was just about warm enough for me to carry off this 70’s inspired, crochet detailed tunic. Teamed with my distressed skinny jeans and trainers, it became a relaxed outift that was perfect for all the eating and strenuous exercise I did (too many hand stands to count). As you can also see from the photos, I’ve dragged my hair into being summer ready too. I was starting to get a bit tired of my one tone, block hair colour so really wanted to add some texture and lighter tones to it which pushed me to go for a ginger ombre. With the new mix of colours in my hair now, all the braided hairstyles that I will be wearing over the next few months will have that little extra something-something. What do you think?