I’ve lived in London my whole life and have explored the city in loads of different ways. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous buildings, amazing culture and the fact that every brick is steeped in history. One way I’ve never explored my city is on a London tour bus. When I’ve visited other cities around the world, I’ve found it a great way to see as much as possible and learn a bit about what you’re seeing. I’ve always wanted to do a bus tour of London as they’re so much fun and a really easy way to spend an afternoon. It’s also the perfect way to take as much of a city in as possible, in a very short time.

Mega Sightseeing London Tour BusA few weeks ago I was invited to a surprise event by the lovely people at Mega Bus, which turned out to be the launch of their brand new service Mega Sightseeing, a fun and affordable London tour bus, exploring the sights of London. The non stopping bus takes you round all the most popular parts of the city and costs from as little as £1! A lot cheaper than some of the other options in the city.

Mega Sightseeing London Tour BusThe tour takes around two hours and gives you the opportunity to view some of London’s most beautiful buildings. You can sit back and enjoy the view and listen to the interesting audio guide, or do what we did, in true blogger style and take lots and lots of pictures!

Mega Sightseeing London Tour BusHaving lived in London for 32 years, I’ve seen all the buildings and streets we passed through before, but it’s actually quite a different view from the an open top bus, seeing everything from a slightly different angle, so even if you’re familiar with the city I’d definitely recommend giving it a go. Here’s a map of the route.

Mega Sightseeing London Tour BusHighlights include; Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and many more in between. As well as all the iconic structures in London the everyday architecture and all the details are worth taking in too, especially from above. We were lucky to head out just before sunset, so we had some gorgeous golden hour light bathing the city and making it glow. Here are a few details I picked up along the route.

Fleet Street

The Monument

Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast

View from Tower Bridge 

Nelson’s Column

Mega Sightseeing London Tour BusAll pictures except my own were Kindly provided by Mega Bus

I had such a fun afternoon and would definitely recommend the Mega sightseeing London tour bus to both visitors and Londoners alike. I also think would make a great alternative date idea or something nice to do with a friend.

If you’d like to explore the city on this fantastic new London tour bus, visit the Mega Bus website. Find more on social media using the hashtag #megatours


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A few weeks ago I write a post called Things I Don’t Write About But Should. In it I talked about lots of things that are part of my life, that don’t make it onto the blog. This year more than ever I’m just going write about a bit of everything and anything. I’m a huge music geek and I am constantly listening to music. I absolutely love 70s and 90s music, so expect a few blasts from the past! I thought I’d start with my top 10 tracks from my favourite band – Fleetwood Mac. Choosing 10 songs was harder than I thought it would be and I would have found it easier to choose 20! But I’ve done my best. At the bottom of the post you’ll find Apple Music and Spotify playlists, so you can listen along.

My Top 10 Fleetwood Mac Songs | Vintage Frills10. Second Hand News – I love this track from Rumours that is written and sung by Lindsey Buckingham. It’s all about moving on after a break up and although some of its lyric content annoys me a bit, I just love the song. It’s just one of many songs on the Rumours album about the various relationship struggles going on between the band members at the time.

9. Big Love – I mostly just love this song from 1987, because it makes me and Rob laugh a lot. The song itself is pretty good, but I love doing impressions of Lyndsey Buckinghams sexual noises throughout the song. If you haven’t heard it, go and listen to it and you’ll see what I mean. The song was meant to appear on Buckinghams solo album, which later became a Fleetwood Mac album instead. I like the fact that it sounds like a man and a women in the song, but it’s actually just Buckingham on his own (slightly awkward haha).

My Top 10 Fleetwood Mac Songs | Vintage Frills8. Gold Dust Woman – This song from Stevie Nicks closes the Rumours album and it’s such a rich and complex song. the song using lots of different instruments to create a song that is quite different to the rest of the album, to dazzling effect.

7. Go Your Own Way – This is such a classic Fleetwood Mac song and I hear it played on the radio almost every day. This is another one about the end of a relationship. It’s definitely an obvious track to include, but it’s such a catchy song! I think if my ex wrote this about me, I’d be pretty annoyed, so I can see why this isn’t a favourite song of Stevie Nicks. For anyone not having a revenge song written about them it’s pretty good!

My Top 10 Fleetwood Mac Songs | Vintage Frills6. Never Going Back Again – This is yet another song from Lindsey Buckingham on his break up! This time it’s about moving on and meeting someone else (it was about time!) This one is fun and catchy and I love the picky guitars and upbeat vibe to the song. I’ll also confess to having a massive crush on 70s era Buckingham, he was sooo gorgeous back then. Such a shame the 80s happened and he went all creepy!

5. Landslide – This Stevie Nicks track from the self titled Fleetwood Mac album, is so beautiful and endearing. The song was written before joining the band, when her and Lyndsey’s album had just been dropped by their record company and things weren’t going well. The song looks back on the past and at life in general in such a beautiful way. Lyrically this is one of their very best songs. This is one I love more each time I listen to it and get to know it better.

My Top 10 Fleetwood Mac Songs | Vintage Frills4. Dreams – This is a Fleetwood Mac song that almost everyone knows. It has really stood the test of time. This song looks at the Buckingham  Nicks breakup from Stevie’s point of view and she does it in a far softer and more beautiful way than her male counterpart! I love everything about his song and it’s a great one to sing along to at top volume!

3. Over My Head – This is the only song on my list by Christine McVie, although I really do love a lot of her other songs. In a band with 3 lead singers (of this era, there were others before) it’s hard to choose. Her voice sounds gorgeous in this song and it’s one that gets in my head all the time.

My Top 10 Fleetwood Mac Songs | Vintage Frills2. The Chain / Keep Me There / The Chain Demo – Another seriously well known Fleetwood Mac song would have to be The Chain. It’s an absolutely amazing track that features lots of different parts written by various members of the band. When I got the Rumours deluxe album I heard a couple of early versions of the song which are absolutely amazing. Keep Me There is a lovely Christine McVie song, which finishes with the bass and guitar that feature on The Chain. The demo version of The Chain is a long written by Stevie Nicks, which is lyrically almost identical but sounds completely different musically. Both songs are simple and lovely in their own right.  With the addition of an old Buckingham Nicks guitar riff, the The Chain we know and love today was created. All the indvidual songs themselves are well worth a listen though.

1. Gypsy – I love this Stevie Nicks song a lot. It didn’t really stand out to me for a long time, but I slowly fell in love with it. The song looks back on a time before fame and success to when Stevie and Lyndsey lived in a single room together with a mattress on the floor. It’s so beautiful and nostalgic. It also explores the death of her best friend and that understanding really adds to the beauty of the song. The song finishes with a stunning guitar solo and to me it’s the perfect song.

My Top 10 Fleetwood Mac Songs | Vintage FrillsIf you haven’t listened to much Fleetwood Mac, I couldn’t recommend them enough. I’ve been listening to their music for as long as I can remember and it’s constantly growing on me. Each song gets better the more I listen to it and get to know it. If you’re already a big fan of Fleetwood Mac, try to get your hands on a copy of Buckingham Nicks. This album was the only album created by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks before they joined Fleetwood Mac and it is incredible. The record has never been rereleased, so they are rare and expensive. But you can listen to the album in full on Youtube. Long Distance Winner is my favourite song from the album.

My Top 10 Fleetwood Mac Songs | Vintage FrillsI’ve put together an Apple Music playlist featuring all the songs I’ve featured in this post.

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I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post from me. Do you have a favourite Fleetwood Mac song? Do you have any music you’d recommend to me?


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I carry my phone around with me everywhere, I use it to work, to keep in touch with people, to listen to music, basically I run my life from it! It’s definitely the most used item I own. I also use it to take all my everyday pictures and to capture my memories. When I was approached by My Personalised Case to create my own phone case design, I thought it would be fun to feature some of my favourite places and pictures of the girls on it.

Personalised phone cases with My Personalised CaseMy Personalised Case are a website where you can design your own personalised phone cases The whole process was really quick and fun. They create phone cases for most models and it was very easy to select the option I wanted. Once I had selected my iPhone 7, I then was able to choose the type of case I wanted. The options included hard cases silicone cases, wooden cases and wallet cases amongst others. I opted for a silicone case.

Personalised phone cases with My Personalised CaseThere were lots of different background colour options, I chose my favourite colour green. It was really simple to choose a layout and upload some of my favourite pictures. You can just have one image or several. I chose the 8 picture option as it was the perfect size to include pre edited pictures from my Instagram.

Personalised phone cases with My Personalised CaseThere was also the option to add text, but I decided not to. The whole process took me around 10 minutes and the case cost £12.45.  It was dispatched the same day and arrived within 2 days of me placing the order, which I was really impressed with. The case fits my phone perfectly and the quality is really good.

Personalised phone cases with My Personalised CaseI would absolutely love to make more cases as gifts for my family and friends. It’s such a nice thoughtful gift and I like the idea of people being able to see the case every time they use their phone. It would be great for mothers and fathers day gifts, valentines, anniversaries or any special occasion really. I’d also quite like a few different designs for myself in different colours so I can coordinate.

Personalised phone cases with My Personalised CaseThe case itself is robust and sturdy and feels like it would last a long time. It fit my phone perfectly and I think it looks great.

Personalised phone cases with My Personalised CaseI guess the possibilities are endless and it’s a great chance to get creative, you could upload literally any image, I’d quite like to do a picture or illustration or maybe add a favourite quote. If you were going to design your own personalised phone cases, what would you put on them?

Personalised phone cases with My Personalised CaseIf you’d like to make your own phone case, visit the My Personalised Case website.

This post was sponsored by My Personalised Case. All opinions as always are my own. 


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I recently mentioned in a blog post, that for health reasons I needed to lose weight. Quite serious health reasons and ones that need to be taken seriously. I’m very body positive, in fact I’d go as far as saying I really do love my body most of the time, despite the many changes babies and life have put it through. In myself I am happy to stay a size 14 or be smaller it’s OK. But this is something I have to do. I’m not 100% sure putting it out there on here is the best thing to do, in case I fail. I hate words like fail and weight loss and losing weight and all these negative terms that make me want to run away and hide! I think I think I need to say that I’m working on making my body healthy and getting better.

But on to what I’m actually trying to talk about. I absolutely completely hate diets. Like really loath and despise them! This is just a me thing, I love hearing about other people success stories with Weight Watchers and Slimming World and things that have worked for them. I have seen people change their lives and have very positive outcomes from responsible plans like these.  But they are not for me. I have a lot of pressure in my life already and adding another thing to keep on top of and manage and organise does not take me happy.

Every time I’ve ever followed a diet, even if I’m enjoying the food and it’s going well, it makes me start to lose my mind a little bit. I hate attaching guilt to food and feeling bad if I eat too much cheese or have a treat. I also already eat a pretty healthy diet, I cook lovely home made food, I get more than my 5 a day, I eat healthy snacks (mostly), I drink water and don’t have too much caffeine. My weaknesses are cheese and savoury snacky things and if a doughnut is put in front of me, I will eat it.

Luckily, I absolutely adore exercise. I love running, walking, swimming and have recently started going to classes at the gym. I’ve tried yoga, pilates and spin classes and I’m really enjoying them. So my plan is to exercise almost every day if I can and to just keep an eye on what I’m eating, but not follow a specific plan. Healthy eating is really important to me and rather than focussing on cutting calories or not eating certain foods, I’m going to have fun discovering healthy choices, creating new recipes and eating absolutely delicious healthy food. But very much on my own terms and to my own rules.

I’m not going to be hard on myself if I eat something indulgent, I’m just going to move on and have a healthy rest of the week. I’m not going to feel guilty or go crazy or put too much pressure on myself. I want to be healthy and happy. The two things go hand in hand. I’m going to make my body healthy and get better without punishing myself and I’m going to look on this as something I am doing to be kind to myself, because it is a positive things and I don’t need words like loss and fail to get there.

I think my point here is that I want to enjoy it, treat it like a hobby and have fun. Not feel drained and guilty and half starved. Thats not well and thats not healthy. I also don’t want to aspire to be anything other than my best and most happy self. I would also really appreciate that if I do lose weight people don’t tell me I look better than I did before. I am just as good at this size as any other, I will just hopefully be a healthier more well version of the one I am now. I would absolutely love to hear people thoughts on this post and to hear anyone else experiences of doing this in a kind and positive way, without stress.

Please read my other post on this topic to put everything into a bit more context.

Outfit Details: Dress – Tu Clothing (from last year)

Bangles – Vintage

Shoes – Hallie Sandals – Hotter Shoes (current season)


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I for one am very very excited about the upcoming Royal Wedding. I always love a chance to celebrate and have a patriotic moment and isn’t just fabulous seeing so many people all celebrating together! In honour of the happy couple Hotter have created a range of four versatile shoes inspired by the wedding. The collection pays homage to the bride’s American and the groom’s British heritage with a red, white and blue collection. They have all the usual comfort and practicality that Hotter are known for, as well as being very very fun.

Hotter shoes Royal Wedding collection.

Hotter have donated pairs to many of the Royal Borough Ambassadors in Windsor, who will be ushering Royal Wedding crowds on the big day. If you see them in their red polo shirts wearing their Hotter shoes, take a picture and tag Hotter on social media with the hashtag #HotterRoyalShoes for a chance to win a pair of shoes from the collection. More info here.

Hotter shoes Royal Wedding collection.

The range includes 4 pairs of shoes. My favourite is the first pair that I’ve pictured. The Brooke is a classic Hotter style and I love it’s royal face lift. I’d love these to wear with jeans and dungarees and for casual day out.

Hotter shoes Royal Wedding collection.

The second pair  are the super cheerful Meghan shoes and they not only pay homage to the bride, but also wouldn’t look out of place on a yellow brick road! These are so lovely and would be great for a wedding guest, as they are pretty but perfect for being on your feet all day and having a little dance.

Hotter shoes Royal Wedding collection.

The third pair are a comfy every day shoe, the Shake shoes are practical and perfect for summer holidays and long days in the sunshine. The red colour is really lovely. I’d wear these with a pair of culottes, a polka dot top and some red lippy.

Hotter shoes Royal Wedding collection.

Last, the most functional pair from the collection are the Leanne trainers. As you all know I love to go on really long walks in the countryside and these would be ideal for that. The are breathable and lightweight, perfect for getting out and about.

Which is your favourite pair? You can see the range over on the Hotter website.

If you’re looking for a lovely pair of sandals, check out my Hotter sandals wishlist.

This post was sponsored by Hotter who I will be working with on a few posts over the summer. I am so grateful to be able to work with brands who I already shop with and love. All opinions as always are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 


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