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Like the majority of the UK, I've spent the last few months cooped up in my house. Through no fault of my own I've dedicated a huge amount of 2020 to lounging around in my Pyjamas and whilst I'll admit living in Pj's for months has been incredibly comfortable, it's not been doing wonders for my motivation.

As I'm on the job hunt, and I don't have many reasons to leave the house on a regular basis at the moment, it made sense for me to invest in some cute loungewear - something that I wouldn't necessarily go out in, but something that definitely wasn't pyjamas. I needed some cute pieces that will let me feel like I've actually tried to get ready for the day but that are still super comfortable to wear.

Grace is sitting on top of a set of drawers  wearing a grey two piece loungewear set

After being approached by Femme Luxe for a collaboration I decided I would try out a few pieces from their loungewear collection. Femme Luxe have a tonne of great looking loungewear at pretty affordable prices, they don't have a huge amount of clothing which caters to larger bodies though which is their only downfall. I'm a size 16 and whist I didn't find it too hard to pick pieces that would fit me (I ordered a couple of size 14 items which fit well) the site doesn't really cater to plus size right now. Hopefully this is something Femme Luxe will look into as it would be great if all sizes were able to shop their cute loungewear collection!

For my order, I picked up 4 items, 3 lovely loungewear sets, and a banging little tie-dye t-shirt. I've been after a tie-dye top for a while now and as it turns out I'm not great at the whole DIY thing so I was happy to buy one that's already made! I did intend to stick to purely loungewear items in my Femme Luxe order but I guessed that the t-shirt could be worn both out and about or just in my house, bonus.

Grace can be seen posing in a full length mirror wearing a baby blue loungewear set. Her stomach is on show.
Grace can be seen posing in the mirror wearing a blue loungewear set. Only her torso and up is visable

The first loungewear set I tried on was this lovely little blue number. Initially, I wasn't sold on it as I didn't realise the top was cropped, and that isn't really my style. But after a load of messages from followers on Instagram telling me I should keep it I did, and to be honest I glad I still have it. I'll admit wearing a cropped top where my tummy is on show is a little strange for me (as I've been told my whole life that it should be covered up) but actually it's quite freeing to wear something I 'shouldn't' even if I'm just in the comfort of my own home! Who knew loungewear could be liberating eh? 

Grace can be seen sitting on top of a set of drawers wearing a grey loungewear set. She is holding a book whilst also leaning over to adjust her record player
Grace is leaning against a set of drawers. She is wearing a grey loungewear set and holding a book. Only her torso and above is visable

Another loungewear set I picked up in the order was this super soft grey combo. This is probably my favourite item as it is just so comfortable to wear and the joggers aren't too long for me! this is the set that feels the most like pyjamas without looking like pyjamas which is exactly what I wanted when I started my hunt for some new loungewear to slob about in the house. I can see myself spending the last of my lockdown in this set and maybe I'll even do a couple of trips to maccies wearing it, we shall see...

Grace can be seen sitting on her bed cross legged. She is wearing a thick fluffy set of grey pyjamas
Grace can be seen sitting cross legged on her bed. She is wearing a thick fluffy grey loungewear set

The last loungewear set I picked up is really just a pair of PJs but I'm not mad about this - no I'm actually very excited to pop these on and cosplay as the Michelin Man once the nights start getting colder. To be honest I picked up this pyjama set as I knew it was super thick and would be perfect for when I go camping! I've spent far too many nights almost freezing to death in my tent, but I'm hoping that will be a thing of the past now I have these bad boys to keep me cosy!

Grace is standing in front of the camera. She is wearing a blue tie-dye t-shirt
Grace is standing in front of the camera and holding her hair on one side. She is wearing a blue tie-dye t-shirt

The final item I grabbed for my Femme Luxe haul is this lovely tie-dye t-shirt. Like I said previously, I needed a tie-dye top in my life but my lack of skills wouldn't allow me to make my own and so I popped one on my order. I'm excited to wear this oversized top, which is the only item of comfy clothing from this order I'm happy to leave the house in. I think it's super cute and will look great paired with my ripped jeans and beat up converse. I've actually snipped the bottom off this t-shirt as it was a little long for me and now it's the perfect length. I went on to make a matching face mask with the spare material which was leftover, although my sewing skills (or lack of) have meant it's a little wonky!

So those were the goodies I picked up in a recent Femme Luxe loungewear order! Where are your favourite places to get new loungewear from?

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There was once a time when you weren't a proper blogger unless you were living in the capital. London was the place to be for budding social media stars, and you'd never make it unless you were dining at Peggy Porschen or Sketch 5 times a week. But Birmingham is my home town, I have no intentions of leaving it (just yet) and actually being a Birmingham blogger is pretty damn great.

I love being a Birmingham blogger, and here's why...

Grace inside a restaurant drinking a strawberry Daiquiri

I can nip to London for the big blog events if I like, but actually, there are a tonne of things happening right here in Birmingham too! While it's unlikely that huge blog events will be held in my fair city anytime soon, we have enough fun things happening here. From skincare launches to new restaurant openings and even comedy nights, Birmingham has events for every type of blogger!

The Birmingham Blogging community is pretty nice. There's minimal bitchiness in our community and most of the time we all support each other. I have a good selection of blogger friends who I look forward to seeing at events and even when I meet new bloggers for the first time we always get along. I've heard a lot of stories from London bloggers of how competitive the scene is over there and I'm so glad that's not the case here in Birmingham.

Independent bars, cafes, and restaurants are everywhere in Brum and there are so many Birmingham Bloggers promoting them too. If I'm ever on the hunt for a new haunt I can just ask some of the Brummie Blogger girls and I'll be given a thousand suggestions for places I've never even heard of. I actually think Birmingham is one of the best cities in the UK for independents of all kinds and that's something to be proud of.

The Birmingham Blogger community is mostly working class. Before anyone starts I have nothing against luxury lifestyle bloggers, I just prefer reading blogs written by people like me. The majority of Birmingham bloggers I know are common as muck and I absolutely love that for us! Besides blog events wouldn't be half as fun if we were all prim and proper and didn't drink our body weight in free booze right?

Ever since I can remember Birmingham has been branded a shithole (usually by snobs & people who have never even been here) and I genuinely feel that this label is unjust! Here in Brum, we have so many gorgeous places which means Birmingham Bloggers have tons of great locations to shoot. From the beautiful Botanical Gardens to the sophisticated Colmore Row, and our miles of canals - Birmingham can easily rival London for fab backgrounds!

And so those are just a few of the reasons why I love living and blogging in beautiful Brum!

Are you a fellow Brummie? Tell me your favourite things about the second city in the comments below!

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It seems everybody whos anybody has been flocking to Lavender fields this summer! With many of us understandably wanting to spend more time in the great outdoors Lavender fields have become the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon, and get some cracking photos for the gram while we're at it!

Grace wearing a white dress standing in the centre of a lavender field

Last week I too bit the bullet and visited Cotswold Lavender - a beautiful field full of various species of the sought after purple plant. The fields are located just outside Broadway which is a very pretty chocolate box village and another perfect location for anyone hoping to fill their feed with cottage core content. 

Visiting Cotswold Lavender 

Hill Barn Farm, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7JY

Entrance Fees: £4 for Adults, £2 for Children under 15 years, Free for Children under 5

Opening times : 10am - 5pm daily

Cotswold Lavender is currently open until 26th July 

More information on visiting the Cotswold Lavender fields can be found on their website.

in focus are several strands of lavender. In the background and out of focus a lavender field can be seen

On entering the Cotswold Lavender fields I was greeted with the most beautiful view of sprawling lilac fields as far as the eye can see (or at least as far as I could see, the eyes aren't quite what they used to be!) and a smaller patch of a wonderful yellow crop. Walking through the field I spied several types of lavender at various growth cycles. Each variation of the Lavender was beautifully kept in its own row, with several rows being quite spaced out to make the fields accessible for all, I assume. 

Whilst it's very easy to social distance in the Lavender Fields they do get incredibly busy and even just minutes after opening the fields were filled with people (and their dogs) hoping to get the perfect shot. It is possible to take photographs without other guests in the background however, you likely won't achieve the same people free photos you see on Instagram without some editing - so I'd just recommend enjoying being there and worry about priming your photos when you return. 

Grace is sitting down between rows of lavender. Out of focus lavender can be seen in front of her and behind her farm houses can be seen

I'll admit I started my day a little upset that it was so tricky to take a snap without a stranger wandering around in the background, but I didn't let it ruin my day. Soon enough I found myself enjoying prancing about in a field of beautiful crops (maybe Theresa May was onto something?) and breathing in the fresh country air which came with a hint of sweet Lavender goodness. For an hour or so I found myself remembering what my life was life before the pandemic and I was just happy to be out of the house and exploring again. 

If nothing else I left the fields with a clear mind, a lifted mood, and just a pinch of sunburn, the photos I came home with were just a bonus (although can we all agree they are banging after I spent hours editing rouge children out of them!).

a black and orange butterfly can be seen resting on a strand of lavender

Other UK Lavender fields you can visit right now...

Due to Covid19 not all Lavender farms are open to the public this year. The list below only contains the details of Lavender Fields which are open to the public right now. 

Somerset Lavender 

Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, Somerset, BA3 5WA

Entrance Fee: a donation

Opening times: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

You can find more information on visiting Somerset Lavender fields on their website.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM8 3JA

Entrance Fees: £4 for Adults, free for Children under 16. 

Opening times: 9am - 6pm daily

You can find more information on visiting Somerset Lavender fields on their website.

Hitchin Lavender 

Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 3UA

Entrance Fees: £6-£7 for Adults and Children, £4 for Disabled people, free for under 5's, family tickets available. 

Opening times: 9am - 8pm daily

You can find more information on visiting Somerset Lavender fields on their website.

Castle Farm Lavender

Castle Farm, Redmans Lane, Shoreham, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 7UB

Entrance Fees: £4.25 for adults, £2.75 for Children, free for under 5's.

Opening times: Wednesday - Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm

You can find more information on visiting Somerset Lavender fields on their website.

Lavender Fields Hampshire

Hartley Park Farm, Selborne Road, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3HP

Entrance Fees: £3 for Adults, £1 for Children

Opening times: 10am - 4pm daily

You can find more information on visiting Somerset Lavender fields on their website.

Grace is standing in a field of lavender. She is turned to the side and her black satchel can be seen hanging from her shoulder

So if you've not managed to visit a Lavender field just yet and you'd like to, hurry up because the season is drawing to a close. You don't want to have to wait another year to live your best Lavender filled life do you?

Have you been to a Lavender field yet this summer? 

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