Katch Me if you can!

Well well well. We have another month of lockdown ahead of us. So while we’re all at home again we might as well make ourselves comfy and cute at the same time. My top tip – loungewear! Imagine my joy when online fashion brand Katch Me reached out to me and asked if I fancied trying some of their cute and comfy clothes out.

I hadn’t heard of Katch Me before but I’m always excited to hear about new brands and after a little browse of their website I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of them.

Anyway, the first thing I chose to try on was this grey oversized sweater dress which, not gonna lie, is probably going to be my uniform for the next 6 months! It’s like my favourite hoody but long enough to cover my bum so I can wear it with leggings without feeling self conscious. I absolutely love it.

Katch Me Sweater Dress

hoodie dress from katch me

Also the hood is perfect for if it starts raining or you know, “go away don’t talk to me I’m social distancing” haha! Also, might I add that this is loungewear I am still happy to leave the house in – as evidenced by my photos. It looks like clothes rather than pyjamas so it’s a big win in my books!

As it’s getting quite cold now I also chose this super sweet pink double pocket teddy trucker jacket. This particular trucker jacket comes in various colours but I chose pink because
a) its my favourite and
b) who doesn’t want to look like candyfloss?!

Katch Me - pink trucker jacket

Katch Me have quite the assortment of coats and jackets but I particularly like this one because the ‘teddy’ material makes it snuggly, although the cropped element means its probably best worn in Autumn/Spring. In fact, the pretty pink colour would make it perfect for spring!

pink teddy jacket

The bag ladies among you may have spotted the handsome number I was sporting on both of those photo op days. Well you’re in luck my friends because Katch Me sell bags too!

This bag is called the Alicia Brown Multiway Faux Leather Bag because the eagle eyes may have clocked the 2 different straps on it! How genius!

Alicia Multiway Bag from Katch Me

There’s the long brown shoulder strap for when you’re out shopping or running errands or whatever. And then there’s the short fluffy handle strap for when you’re out for dinner or drinks (when we’re allowed again!). Also I have to say the fluffy handle feels really nice in your hand.

brown multiway bag from katch me

Brown isn’t normally my colour, however, what I do appreciate about it is how versatile it is. This bag is the perfect size to fit the bare essentials in (phone, purse, keys, mask, anti-bac) without me needlessly filling it up with pens, receipts and other junk, so I have a feeling this bag will make it into my every day, every occasion arsenal.

So if you fancy treating yo’self go check out the Katch Me collections.

Disclaimer: This post was a collaborative post withKatch Me but all opinions are my own.

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UK Staycations

Summer is well and truly here and while we aren’t out of the woods yet regarding Covid-19, people are starting to head out and enjoy a little bit of what summer has to offer. If you’re anything like me then you may be beginning to think about UK Staycations – be it somewhere new or somewhere familiar and close to home.

As a Kent girl born and bred, I would recommend my county as a great place for a staycation because it has a little bit of everything – countryside, coast, great pubs and attractions… plus it is under an hour away from the bright lights of London!

Given that the weather is warm and many indoor attractions are still closed due to government guidelines, I can recommend many wonderful outdoor places to go. I recently wrote about a few beautiful countryside gardens which are open for business and have introduced one-way systems to ensure safety for staff and visitors. Some elements may be closed (such as castles and country houses) but there are still lots of walks to enjoy, flowers to admire and ice cream to eat! Kent has an abundance of lovely gardens, which isn’t surprising given its nickname as ‘The Garden of England’.

Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden

If you’re more of a beach babe than a plant lover, then you can head down to the coast. Of course the likes of Folkestone, Margate and Broadstairs are ever popular but one of my favourite coastal walks is from Seasalter into Whitstable. Seasalter is the quieter, more tranquil cousin of Whitstable so is the ideal place to park up and then take a stroll along the pebble beach and reward yourself with a yummy fish and chip lunch once you reach bustling Whitstable.

Enjoy a stroll from Seasalter to Whitstable

Kent also has an excellent selection of zoos and animal parks for a great family day out. One of my personal favourites (because I used to volunteer there) is Howletts Wild Animal Park where they put in tremendous efforts towards the conservation of endangered species. It is also on the doorstep to Canterbury which is a tourist haven in itself with the cathedral, theatre, shops, cafes and river punting.

Capybaras in the sun at Howletts

I could go on forever about what Kent has to offer for UK Staycations but we don’t have all day so I would say go check it out for yourself. Just be sure to follow government social distancing guidelines and check each attraction’s website for up to date information.

Disclaimer: In collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own.

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Fabulous Fashion

How’s your lockdown going? Bored yet? Well if you’re like me and have absolutely no intention of braving the shops just yet then you may have succumbed to a little online retail therapy. The girls at Femme Luxe Finery got in touch again and sent me some more clothes so I could conduct my own fashion shoot during lockdown hehe. So if you’re looking for a little fashion inspo keep scrolling…

Saving the World Slogan Print T-Shirt

Black 'Saving The World' Slogan Print T-Shirt

This slogan print t-shirt is channelling the ‘stay home, save lives’ message and Femme Luxe are kindly donating 100% of the profits from the sale of this t-shirt to the NHS. I may look silly but I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head so decided to wear a sarong as a cape and traipse off to the fields behind my house for a little photoshoot. Well, if you’re gonna wear a t-shirt with ‘Saving the World’ written on it, you gotta look the part right? I teamed it with black leggings and chunky black boots for a slightly dressed down rock chick vibe.

Wine One Shoulder Ruched Slinky Midi Dress

Femme Luxe Wine One Shoulder Ruched Slinky Midi Dress

You know I love a dress, especially a red one. Well, this beaut is just like the black one from my first Femme Luxe haul but it’s a rich red wine colour. If there’s one thing that Femme Luxe Finery do well it’s dresses, particularly their slinky midi dresses – this one actually comes in 9 different colours and is so flattering. I am looking forward to wearing this out when we’re allowed to have parties again!

Sage Mesh Overlay Long Sleeve Mini Dress

Sage Mesh Overlay Long Sleeve Mini Dress

This little number is a bit different for me. Its a tight fitting mini dress in a gorgeous sage green colour. I’m not normally a huge fan of green clothing but sage is such a pretty colour! The sleeves are a delicate mesh material which add something a little different to this outfit. This would look great with a summer tan, so I best get working on that one!

Rose Short Sleeve Boxy Loungewear Set

Rose Short Sleeve Boxy Loungewear Set

Last but not least is this loungewear set which is a pretty blush pink and has a slightly cropped length in leg and a boxy shaped body. This is an ideal outfit for when you can’t go out out (hello covid-19!) so you can look and feel a little more presentable than if you were just lounging about in your PJs. I’m a big fan of a loungewear set as it allows me to feel comfortable without looking completely scruffy.

Go check out Femme Luxe for all the latest in fashion for staying in and going out!

Disclaimer: This post was a collaborative post with Femme Luxe Finery but all opinions are my own.

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Where to go in Kent during lockdown

Where to go in Kent during lockdown

Where to go in Kent during lockdown

Hands up who’s got cabin fever! Me!

If you’re like me and still on furlough but not quite sure where you can visit now some places are open and some aren’t, fear not! I have compiled a little list here of where to go in Kent during lockdown to give you some sunny summer inspiration.

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle is a 14th century castle surrounded by beautiful gardens situated in Lamberhurst near Tunbridge Wells. The National Trust have organised the site so it’s a one-way route around the moat so you can view the scenic castle from different angles – perfect for that insta snapshot! At present you must pre-book before you visit (tickets are released every Friday) and you cannot go inside the castle, you can only walk the grounds. There is a little kiosk on site selling drinks and ice cream, plus Bewl Water is a 6 minute drive away if you want to make more of a day of it.

Hush Heath Estate

Hush Heath Estate

Hush Heath Estate is a winery in Staplehurst. Under normal circumstances they would be offering vineyard tours, wine tasting and lovely food, which we wish we could have enjoyed. However, at time of writing, they have opened their doors for FREE self-guided tours of their estate. This basically means you can pop along and wander the grounds (following the designated social distancing route), pre-booking is not essential and you can buy a bottle of wine after your walk if you wish to. Our walk lasted around 45 minutes, we didn’t buy anything but we’d love to come back for some wine tasting once things return to normal.

Mount Ephraim Gardens

Mount Ephraim Gardens

Mount Ephraim Gardens is a lovely estate near Faversham consisting of a country house and gardens. Due to Covid-19 the house is closed at present but the gardens are open to visitors Wednesdays to Sundays. Pre-booking is not required but do check their website (as with all of these places) for the most up-to-date information. We enjoyed a couple of hours here and took a picnic with us too.

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Named after some of the plants from the Himalayas, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is a pretty, historic estate in Sevenoaks. Dogs are welcome and entry is via pre-booked timed tickets available via their website. The social distancing one-way system is a little haphazard in my opinion as we did end up crossing paths with people but as the gardens are fairly large, we weren’t too concerned. There are plants and garden ornaments available to purchase at the entrance, so we bought a peach blossom (which looks like candyfloss!). There’s also a cafe selling a few takeaway items but I wouldn’t bother as they charged me £5 for a Calippo and a Fab. £5 for a bit of what is essentially flavoured ice seems quite steep to me, so pack a picnic instead.

Penshurst Place and Gardens

Penshurst Place

Just a 15 minute drive away from Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is Penshurst Place. Under normal circumstances there’s a few different things to see such as the house and toy museum but thanks to Coronavirus it’s just the gardens you can visit at present. Bookings are separated into morning and afternoon slots and must be booked online. We booked an afternoon slot and visited the same day as we went to Riverhill. Despite furloughing most of the gardening team, the gardens were still well kept. We packed a picnic and enjoyed it in the shade overlooking the lovely gardens.

Where to go in Kent during lockdown

Note: due to current circumstances I would advise checking each garden’s website before visiting for the most up-to-date information. Also note that I was NOT given any freebies or anything, so all opinions are fair and my own.

Stay safe x


If you liked this you may enjoy some of my other posts about South East England.

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Learning Tarot in Lockdown

Day 86 of lockdown… or so I think? I’ve completed an online course, upcycled a piece of furniture, baked a cake, cleared out some of my drawers, dyed my hair pink, done some drawing, followed youtube fitness videos, questioned my life choices, watched ALOT of tv and spent ALOT of time on the internet. So what next?

Well for the last month or so I’ve been learning to read Tarot! I’ve always been a secret hippy at heart and used to love browsing the alternative shops when I was on holiday in the UK as a child. I remember wanting some Tarot cards as a young teen but my mum wouldn’t let me and then I kinda forgot all about it until recently.

learning tarot in lockdown

After much research online I decided to purchase the traditional Original Rider Waite Tarot cards as they are the easiest for beginners to learn, however I have got my eye on a few other stunning decks so I can see why people get addicted to collecting them!

I also downloaded 3 books on my Amazon Kindle Unlimited trial, they are Tarot for beginners by Meg Hayertz, Tarot for beginners by Lisa Chamberlain and How to read Tarot by Jessica Wiggan. I then noted down key words from each book about each of the cards and tried a few of the spreads out.

I’ve been keeping a diary of meanings and readings I’ve done for myself. One really cool thing that’s happened is when I did a reading a couple of weeks ago something came up telling me that someone from my past may be in touch with me. About 6 days later I received an email from a childhood friend who emigrated to Germany over a decade ago!

I also did a Tarot reading for my cat which basically told me that he thinks I’m in control and a bit too forceful and cuddly. He’s bored and either wants a bit more playtime and adventure… OR he’s really just bored of me and wants me to go out more hahaha!

tarot reading for a black cat

Anyway I’ll keep you posted on my Tarot journey.

Are you into Tarot or Oracle cards? What decks do you own? Leave me a little love below x

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