A weekend in Yorkshire, Autumn fashion and charity beauty buys
I hope you’ve all had a great week. It’s been a busy one for me although I was very lucky to spend the weekend in Helmsley in North Yorkshire with James which was lovely. As I was in Exposure The Musical all summer we didn’t really have much opportunity to spend any time together and so it was great to just have a couple of days to ourselves. I also took part in Asda’s tickled pink event for breast cancer care with the lovely Sammy Winward which was great fun. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so I’ve got some great products available to buy now and support the many breast cancer charities helping to save lives.
Firstly we spent last weekend in the beautiful village of Helmsley, North Yorkshire staying at The Black Swan Hotel, which was lovely. Compromising of three historical houses the Black swan officially became a hotel in 1838 as it was the stop off point on a stage coach route between Leeds and Helmsley. Full of character with aged beams, huge stone fireplaces and a gorgeous atrium garden, It has a real cosy feel which is perfect for this time of year as the nights draw in.
Situated on the fringe of the North Yorkshire moors we are able to take advantage of the many attractions in the area including a stunning 3 mile walk to the beautiful Rievaulx Abbey. The landscape was so picturesque as we made our way through forests and valleys, the mist just gently rolling over the hills. Although it was slightly misty the weather was gorgeous with both days being sunny with an autumnal freshness in the air, we were certainly ready for food when we’d completed the 6 mile round trip! And what wonderful food it was! Sumptuous afternoon teas, huge breakfasts and some of the most beautiful bread I think I’ve ever tasted in my life. The bread in question was the house sourdough which was perfectly crisp on the outside and then deliciously soft on the inside, it was amazing, so much so that the hotel staff started to bring extra to our table near the end of our stay. One of my favourite meals however was the chateaubriand for two. Absolutely huge but so delicious and served with beef dripping chips it was amazing. Polished off with the house Merlot it was the perfect meal for an outing in Yorkshire, James Martin would be proud!! We really enjoyed our stay at The Swan and Helmsley is definitely worth a visit with it’s pretty tearoom and craft shops it’s definitely a great place to stay for a bit of Yorkshire life!
On our country weekend away I wore my new checked shirt from New Look which I absolutely love, dark blue skinny jeans, trusty flat heeled Carvela over knee boots (perfect for walking around) and thin black choker from Accessorise. I really love plaid at this time of year as its so festive but equally really wearable. I think anything with a check print has a real heritage/country feel and so it was perfect for a cosy autumn weekend away but will be just as relevant going through towards Christmas. I’ve picked out some other variations available to shop now
Shirt £18 New Look, www.newlook.com
Jeans, £32 Abercrombie & Fitch, www.abercrombie.com
Boots, Carvela, £129 www.johnlewis.com
Choker, Asos £6 www.asos.com
Clockwise from top left:
Madewell £64 www.madewell.com
Hollister £16 www.hollisterco.com
John Lewis £47 www.johnlewis.com
Following our trip away I took part in Asda’s Tickled Pink event for breast cancer care with the lovely Sammy Winward in Leeds. It was a great day and we met lots of the hardworking staff who’ve been helping Asda to raise an incredible £50 million pounds for the charity over the years. Breast cancer care was founded by Betty Westgate on Christmas Eve in 1973, five years after her own breast cancer diagnosis in 1968. A celebrated breast cancer campaigner Betty lived for 30 years after her diagnosis sadly passing away in 2000, however her legacy lives on as Breast Cancer Care has gone on to support and save many lives through its vital research and fundraising efforts.
As it’s breast cancer awareness month I wanted to show you some products from companies who are donating a percentage of sales to charity this month. So if you’re on the look out for a gift or a little treat for yourself you know you’ll be also helping to raise vital funds for research, care and support.
Clockwise from top left:
Elemis Breast Cancer Hero Collect £55 www.elemis.com
GHD classic hairdryer in electric pink £99 www.ghd.com (£10 from every sale of this product goes to breast cancer care)
Estee Lauder Pink Perfect Colour Collection £38 www.esteelauder.com
Asda Tickled pink beige watch £10 www.asda.com
Folli Follie Heart4Heart three band ring £75 (7.50 of every sale goes to breast cancer care) www.follifollie.co.uk
As it’s getting much colder now I’ve had to start buying a few more pieces for Fred’s wardrobe. I love children’s clothes at this time of year as the knits are much chunkier and the colour palettes deeper giving an overall sense of warmth and so as a mother I feel much more satisfied with my purchases. I got these great jeans from George at Asda for only £4 a pair, which makes them both stylish and incredibly affordable.
My good friend Sarah writes a fabulous blog called hip mini style where she details her picks of the best childrenswear and puts them together in a style edit. With three children to dress she creates some fantastic looks! If you’d like more info on Sarah’s blog and style ideas please visit. www.hipministyle.com
Just before I go, I loved the street style from Paris Fashion Week and noticed there was a considerable amount of chiffon ruffles on show, I recently wore this gorgeous plum dress from Asos which is a great take on the trend.
Dress £60 from Asos www.asos.com
Anyway I’m going to say goodbye for now as its another busy week ahead.
Love Natalie X