Latitude 2016: Good and Proper Tea Company

Good and Proper Tea Van

Ok so I really need to work on my photography skills, I know, I know. BUT I just had to capture this amazing van serving tea and crumpets at Latitude. The Good and Proper Tea Company. This was before we’d even tried the tea and crumpets, I knew as soon as I saw this van that I had to test their wares!

Good and Proper Tea Van

I have since found out that the van is called Watson and what a gorgeous van he is.

Good and Proper Tea and Crumpets

And it’s good to report that the van is not all style and no substance, oh no it is even better than you would imagine. It’s not just a cuppa and a warmed up crumpet, no siree! You will notice that these crumpets are not round, they are square, and one of them has some brown spread on it. That, my friends, is Nutella, oh yes, warm sourdough (!!) crumpet and nutella with a special brew of tea unique to the Good and Proper Tea Company and you have the perfect brunch right there.

Next up I’m off to their website to buy some of their loose leaf tea and I’ll definitely be visiting one of their shops when I’m next in London!

Our Latitude 2016

Latitude Welcome

This post marks a week of posts about our weekend at Latitude 2016. Sorry I don’t have any decent photos of the acts so here are just some photos of Latitude itself. 

Chris and I hadn’t been to Latitude for 8 years when we went this year and I’ll admit I agreed to it mainly because of how badly he wanted to go. I had forgotten how much more there is to this festival than just music. Not that I don’t like music but I do like variety! So now I have to bow down to Chris because he was right, it was definitely worth going and now I can see us making it an annual event. So what were our highlights?

Latitude Entrance Trees

Friday Evening – Christine and the Queens

Ever since first seeing Christine and the Queens on the Graham Norton show she was on our list of people we MUST see at Latitude. I also watched her Glastonbury set and loved how positive she was about acceptance, tolerance and welcoming everyone as well as the cool music and awesome dancing!

We weren’t disappointed. Her voice is amazing and she didn’t drop a note the whole set, the dancing was very cool and really fun, the crowd couldn’t help but dance themselves! But most of all, the best part was the interaction with the audience, but I don’t mean from Christine to the crowd (though that was fun and entertaining) but how much the crowd loved Christine. How overwhelmed she was by the reaction she received from a positive and appreciative crowd, how humble and thankful she was for the support and sincere in her thanks. A really uplifting experience.


Saturday Evening – Chvrches and The National

Could never be bad really could it? Saturday was our most anticipated day, the only down side was that it was so so hot, it was difficult to find shade but we spent quite a bit of time in the forest by the Sunrise Arena and by the time it got to 8:00 for Chvrches it was cool enough to really enjoy the show.

The Obelisk Arena is absolutely massive, an appropriate name! and Lauren Mayberry looked even tinier than she actually is, but with that small stature comes a fabulous voice and you couldn’t fault the performance at all. Even the songs she doesn’t sing on were awesome and didn’t stop anyone dancing!

If you think The National aren’t a festival band think again. They absolutely stormed it. Matt Berninger’s vocals were equally haunting and urgent and when they were joined by Lauren Mayberry for I Need My Girl (as Chris had been hoping for ever since we decided to go to Latitude!) we were captivated even more. Entranced even. With a crowd sing along of Vandelyle Crybaby Geeks to end and Matt Berninger joining the crowd for Terrible Love and losing his glasses, it looked like, Saturday ended on one well of a high.


Sunday Evening – Mark Steel and Standard Issue Panel

Sunday was a lot more chilled than the previous two days which is exactly what we wanted really. Luckily we slept pretty well and the campsite isn’t too noisy at Latitude.

We’ve always been big fans of Mark Steel being avid Radio 4 comedy listeners. His comedy is a mix of politics, current affairs and complete randomness which I absolutely love. The comedy tent got really really busy for Mark Steel and then Bill Bailey after. It seems it’s never ever big enough because despite having screens outside the tent and amplification that meant you could hear the comedians when you’re outside it was still rammed with people, not even standing room only! You couldn’t see a comedian at Latitude without them mentioning Brexit and Mark Steel was no different but he didn’t stick on it too long and went off on some of his customary rants about the current government.

The Standard Issue talk is one of the things that makes me really like Latitude. Chris and I regularly found ourselves in the Literature Tent watching things we hadn’t necessarily planned on seeing but came up on the handy app as starting soon as we thought we’d give it a try.

Standard Issue is an online magazine founded my Sarah Millican that covers women’s interests and issues. At Latitude their show consisted of a panel of women, Mickey Noonan (Standard Issue editor), Helen Monks (Raised by Wolves, Upstart Crow), Angela Barnes (comedian), Felicity Ward (comedian) and Hannah Dunleavy (Deputy editor) answering questions posed by Mickey Noonan, starting with “When did you realise you were a feminist?” It was absolutely brilliant. It was really funny, interesting, thought-provoking and inspiring and Helen Monks was the best. At just 23 she was more eloquent and passionate and made more sense than I could ever dream to be.

Go check out Standard Issue, they have a podcast too!


This was only a small amount of the shows we saw over the weekend and it was interspersed with really good food and drinks as well. Now I’m really missing the change from everyday life and I’m back to the daily routine of washing up, cleaning, tidying and dealing with being a grown up.

Take me back to Latitude! I need more glitter in my life.


New York Travel Journal 2016 – So Far – Part Two


Time for another update on my travel journal. It’s a slow process, I know, but it’s such an enjoyable one I wouldn’t want to rush it.

I am inserting these pages with my Social Print Studio prints in between the ones that I did while I was in New York and when I got back. How I do this, considering it is a ring bound book, is I carefully cut down from each punched hole to the edge of the paper and then, again carefully, ease the page out from between the rings. Then I can pop it in at any point I like!

The first thing I do is pick the prints I want to use and move them around the page to come up with an idea of the composition. I then look for which colours are in the prints or, in this case, look at the colours I’ve used on the opposite page. I’m really into patterns but I don’t want to overwhelm the small page so I chose a simple stripe to “journal” on and a beautiful turquoise pattern to go with the speech bubble style card I used on the opposite page.


I start by sorting out the patterned paper and how I want that to sit on the page. It’s all about what looks good to the eye really. I like layering (one of the reasons I love screen printing so much) so I like to pile things up a bit.

Next up is the washi tape, oh how I love you washi tape…. another opportunity to layer some things up! Some circle stickers, something which I have an abundance of, some phrase stickers from a previous A Beautiful Mess Messy Box and the “lucky” is a Heidi Swapp acetate word. Oh and a gold heart from the On Trend 2 collection by My Mind’s Eye.

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And that, my friends, is it, for this page. Until next time…..

Travel Journal – Social Print Studio Prints

This week my order from Social Print Studio @socialps arrived. I’ve used them before to order small square cards to use as business cards so I knew I liked the quality and the style of their products. Despite being in the US and I’m in the UK, their delivery was very reasonably priced and super quick!

When I started my travel journal I knew I wanted to get some of the photos printed, I hadn’t done this for previous trips to New York and hadn’t actually had any digital photos printed in years. Which seems like such a shame as the only time you are reminded of those times is when you scroll through your photo library.

So a short blog post this week showing you the first spread I’ve done with my Social Print Studio photos in my travel journal.

Travel Journal Day One

These are the only photos I got printed of our first day in New York, the day we arrived. They are of a very wet and cold Times Square and the lobby of our hotel, which is always super busy. I took it to show Chris how crazy the hotel is.

I went for a blue card from an A Beautiful Mess Messy Box for the background as I felt that illustrated the cold and rain quite well and the white and blue spotty card that I’ve used down the sides was meant to illustrate the rain. I also included my own painted and patterned paper to really add to that rainy feel.

I included some red accents to reflect the red chairs in Times Square and to add some cheeriness to an otherwise cold looking layout. The Washi tape I’ve had for so long I can’t even remember where it’s from but the red pennant/ribbon embellishment is also from a Messy Box and finally the silver lines and dots are from The Range. I bought the lettering in Paper Presentation in New York and they are Skinny cardstock letters by Doodlebug Design.

It’s a quite simple layout, I found my stash of stickers and things were actually surprisingly limited when it came to finding appropriate embellishments and patterned papers for this layout but we’ll see how the next page goes. The pink tape is where I removed a blank page from the back of the book and inserted it earlier in the book. I’m going to change that pink tape for a more appropriate colour!

On to the next page!

New York Travel Journal 2016 – So Far – Part One


Today’s post is going to be photos of my travel journal so far. It’s still in progress, as you will see and I need to add in the photos I took which I’ve just ordered from Social PS. I’ll show you those when they arrive and when they have made it into the journal itself. I came up with a helpful way of adding in an extra page as I got a bit carried away and didn’t think about the photos needing to go in with the journalling, so hopefully when they come I can make it work. A lesson I’ve learnt for next time! I was just so excited about making it and I did some of the journalling while I was in New York so I didn’t forget the little things.

Onto the photos…


I started this page before I even left as I had a bit of passport panic before I went to bed. Definitely need to check my passport details are correct as well as everyone else’s!


I am loving that bright pink washi tape even more in this photo than I ever did when looking at the journal itself, it’s weird what a new perspective can do for you.


I added in the dashes just recently because I really liked that way of making marks and adding pattern and considering it was cold and raining when we got to New York I felt it was rather appropriate! Loving that little gold speech bubble in there. It’s a Heidi Swapp Minc label that I foiled with my choice of foil, it’s usually gold to be honest!


I’ve left a gap here for a photo but I don’t think it’s going to fit so I need to think of something else to go in that gap. You may have noticed I have a washi tape theme going for the titles. I really like that. I also used an Amy Tangerine donut embellishment from her Better Together collection and a 3×3 card and a phrase stamp from a A Beautiful Mess Messy Box. I’m still working on the neatness of my writing!



I like the mixture of different colours of text on this page. I used the back of the other page for cards and things I picked up, I like to use a fresh page per day but at the same time I feel it’s a waste to not use the back of the previous one so I started using that as I went through the book. I’ll put some of my photos on the other pages when they come. Another Amy Tangerine drink embellishment on the right hand page and a Heidi Swapp Minc chipboard piece on the right.


Apologies for the weird back box, I had to redact something to save incriminating someone! I love that gold chevron washi tape, so good. That came from Unwrap Colour, a fabulous Etsy shop. I have to avoid looking at it as I post that link as it fuels my washi tape obsession. I’ve used my usual favourites of Sakura America Gelly Roll pens and Pentel Touch Pens throughout my whole travel journal.


Next week I’ll show the other pages. This post was getting a bit long! I hope you like my pages, as it’s my first try I’m quite please but I’m still working on it now. I’ve really enjoyed documenting my trip though, I should definitely always do this to keep the memories.

New York City Trip 2016

View from the Top of the Rock

My travel journey is work in progress and as I’m rarely happy with anything the peeks may be a little but on hold for now. Check my instagram page if you’re interested in seeing some carefully edited images of pages I think I like.

So this week I’m showing you some photos from my recent trip and maybe some tips for my favourite spots in the great city that is The Big Apple. Where I work, we take a group of students to New York every year and have done for the last 13 years.

First up is our annual breakfast spot, it’s tradition, we have our breakfasts in the same place every year, I know that sounds a bit samey but it’s just what we do. Eisenberg’s  is a deli style sandwich shop which is classic New York. You’ll find in on 5th Ave on the left of the fabulous Flat Iron building.

Eisenberg's NYC


As always my eyes were bigger than my stomach! I do this on the first day every year. I’m tired and travel weary and I think I need all of the food to feel better, I don’t, but that big glass of orange juice definitely helps!

Nets vs 67ers 15.03.16

We got tickets to see the Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 67ers at the Barclays Center. That is one cool looking place I can tell you! We were quite high up as you can see but that didn’t matter, we still had a good view of the court. The constant entertainment from people dressed up for St Patrick’s Day firing t-shirts into the crowd and cheerleaders meant there was no chance to get bored. The Nets won by the way.

brooklyn subway floor

Awesome patterned floor in the subway in Brooklyn, had to get a photo of this. Geometric shapes! *heart eye emoji*


The next day we walked across the beauty. If you’re in New York I definitely recommend doing this walk. It doesn’t take very long but you get so many opportunities to take photos of Manhattan island and Brooklyn it’s really cool. Sadly our day was a bit grey, typically the next day was much nicer. I’d do that walk again and again.

New Balance Brooklyn

Speaking of walking this pic was taken by accident, you can tell, but i would definitely recommend wearing decent trainers if you’re planning to walk around a lot. The last 2 times I’ve been I’ve ended up with blisters. I wore these trainers every day this time and my feet were happy even by day 6!

Lombardi's Pizza

More food, this time from Lombardi’s Pizza. Another place we’ve frequented over the years. Huge pizzas and they are absolutely delicious too! You can half and half if you want to. I’ve never got as far as dessert so I can’t tell you how they are! Perched on high you have to eat beneath the tray and if you don’t manage the whole thing at once, they’ll wrap it in tin foil so you can finish it for breakfast. If you don’t go to Eisenberg’s again that is!

Goods for the Study

On the way back to the subway last night my colleague Darren spotted this little gem of a shop on Mulberry street. I pressed my nose against the window and could instantly see that this was a shop that was made for me. So we ventured back the next day to Goods for the Study and I was not wrong! This beautiful shop is on Mulberry Street, open from 12:00 noon, we were a little early so I got a cookie from City Bakery at the bottom of the street. It was worth the wait, full of unusual notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, pairs of scissors, erasers, staplers, paperweights, paper files etc etc, all displayed on gorgeous furniture, I want my house to look like this shop, except I don’t because I could never keep it that tidy.


After some retail therapy we headed for Katz’s Deli. Famous for *that* scene in When Harry Met Sally, this place is an experience I can tell you! Full of customers, shouting staff members telling you where to go, where to stand, take a ticket and not lose the ticket! Eeek! We went for waiter service which seemed like the least stressful option as otherwise you had to join a massive queue, do as you were told and sit wherever you could find a seat. If you like large amounts of meat between two slices of bread this is for you!

Empire State Building

Lastly, a view that is so New York you couldn’t mistake it for anywhere else….

I love New York and I’m so lucky to have been several times. I know how to plan my time and how my body reacts to travelling that distance on very little sleep (I never really sleep on the plane over) My tips for you are to pace yourself, sleep at night so you can start early in the morning to avoid the queues at the big attractions, eat lots but eat fruit too, my body needed fibre by day 5! And wear good shoes because you’ll want to walk all over the place.

Next week….. Stationery purchases of note!